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Jim and Julie Sisk co-anchor our full morning coverage on "Good Morning Quad Cities" and the one-hour midday broadcast, "News 8 at 11".

Jim, Julie, and meteorologist James Zahara have been together on "Good Morning Quad Cities" since 2006.

Before coming to mornings, Jim was the anchor and producer of "News 8 at 6:30" and a reporter for "News 8 at 10". He's also anchored the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts, the weekend broadcasts, and was a reporter on the streets when he joined the WQAD News 8 team in 1995.

Jim is also the host of "The Cities", a weekly half-hour public affairs program seen on WQPT-TV, the Quad Cities PBS station.

Before coming to the Quad Cities, Jim worked at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan as an anchor and reporter for six years. Prior to that, Jim was an anchor and reporter for seven years at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

He got his start in radio in 1978 at WFON-FM in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He later joined WAXX/WAYY Radio Stations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where he would start as an overnight Country music announcer before working in the station's radio news department as a reporter and anchor.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Journalism. He's received numerous reporting awards from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. His long-form reporting earned him first place awards with the Iowa Associated Press, the Iowa Broadcast News Association, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

Jim has been president of the Iowa Broadcast News Association ( and is a past president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association (, an organization serving broadcast journalists in six Midwestern states.

Recent Articles
  • Pilot Dies After Plane Crashes in Dubuque

    The pilot of a small plane died after he tried to make a second attempt at landing at the Dubuque Municipal airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says the crash occurred around 11 p.m. Monday, October 13 about a mile north of the airport. The single engine Piper PA-46 took off from an airport in Ankeny, Iowa about an hour earlier.   Investigators say the plane crashed after missing its initial approach at the Dubuque Municipal Airport on the city’s south side. […]

  • Kassewitz: Markets to be Driven by Earnings Reports

    The stock markets saw a turbulent week of trading to kick off the fourth quarter for investors. The market swings were caused by a number of factors but the latest roller coaster ride may be linked to a series of earnings reports coming from publicly traded American corporations. Alcoa started the trend by issuing the first earnings report: a positive upward push that surprised even optimistic forecasters. Our stock analyst, Phil Kassewitz, also says foreign issues are leaving an impact […]

  • Chef Scott: Spanish Rice Stuffed Peppers

    When Chef Brad Scott was growing up his mom would make peppers stuffed with Spanish rice. “Today, we’re going to kick it up a little bit with some spicy sausage,” says Chef Scott, director of Scott Community College’s Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. “Let’s get started.” 1. Add 3 tbsp of Chef’s butter (50/50 mix of butter and margarine) into a hot frying pan 2. Add 2 tbsp diced onions 3. Add 1/4 cup (per person) of raw […]

  • Pay It Forward: Helping Orion’s Hungry Residents

    It is harvest season and everywhere you see plenty. In Henry County, amid the thousands of rows of corn, it’s hard to believe some go hungry.    But they do. And there are people volunteering to help solve the problem. “Steve and Pastor Jan, on behalf of News 8 and Ascentra Credit Union, I have for you 300-dollars to pay it forward,” saaid Judith Rehder as she presented three crisp $100 bills to the organizers of the Orion Area Food Pantry. […]

  • Kassewitz: Job Gains Result in Big Market Boost

    Wall Street heads into this first full week of October trading with robust energy thanks to a great September jobs report. The Dow Industrial Average added 208-points Friday, October 3 to close at 17,009.  The spike came after the Labor Department announced the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.9% in September after employers hired 248,000 Americans. But the news wasn’t good for every wage earner. “Wages are not going up, they’ve been flat at this point,” said investment adviser Phil […]

  • Chicago airports shut down, cancelled flights hit Quad Cities

    Flights were delayed throughout the Midwest, a ripple effect of the closing of one of America's busiest transportation hubs.

  • Chef Scott: Spaghetti Carbonara

    Chef Brad Scott likes to take his skillet for a trip. “Let’s take a trip back to Italy,” says the director of Scott Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center. “It’s called Spaghetti Carbonara.” 1. Add 3 tbsp of olive oil in a hot saute pan 2. Add 1 cup of pre-cooked bacon 3. Add diced red pepper 4. Saute the pepper until they are soft 5. Add 1 cup per person of pre-cooked spaghetti 6. Mix in the […]

  • Scene of police-involved shooting on Fair Avenue in Davenport 9-22-14

    Police say man may have intended to be shot and killed by Davenport officers

    One man is dead and four police officers are now on administrative leave after a standoff ended with a police-involved shooting at a Davenport home. Davenport Police say officers were called to a home at 2814 Fair Avenue at about 7:15 p.m. Monday, September 22, 2014. Police say the initial report indicated a person was waving guns around and threatening to hurt himself. The person who called police from inside the home told dispatchers the suspect was alone in a […]

  • Chef Scott: Tailgating with Pizza

    When you’re tailgating, it’s usually hot dogs, brats, and burgers. Those who are a little more adventurous may make ribs, steaks, or chicken. But for our tailgate, we’re making gourmet pizzas.  And topping it off with dessert pizzas. Think of it this way: now everyone can be their own chef and still enjoy the game! To make the individual pizzas,  just precook and package the ingredients at home and pack it on ice for the trip.   Making the ingredients earlier […]

  • Pay It Forward: Smashing Cars for Kids

    It’s two very different sounds of recreation: the roar of demolition derby cars and the tranquility of a small park’s playground. But now one may help the other. “Hey Misty,” said Sandy Hull, a friend to Misty Wilson, organizer of the Jackie English Demolition Derby and Car Auction. “Oh, what are you doing here?” “I am here to Pay It Forward on behalf of Ascentra Credit Union and News 8.” Sandy Hull and Misty Wilson are more than good friends. […]

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    Reunion Band: Moline Musicians Bring the Music Back

    Deep in the basement of a Moline home, wedged between the water heater and a spare couch, Randy Komadino and his band called “Rewind” are jamming for the weekend. Randy, and fellow 1974 Moline graduate Randy Colclasure, have put together a band to play at their 40th class reunion Saturday, September 14 at East Moline’s Short Hills Country Club. “Most of these guys we’ve known our whole musical lives,” says rhythm guitarist Randy Komadino. So there’s got to be a […]

  • Chef Scott: Spinach Artichoke Dip

    The Chef says we’re forgetting about an important meal. “You know we’ve never done an appetizer on this show and I thought it was high time we did one,” said Chef Brad Scott, director of Scott Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management center. So how about the spinach artichoke dip? 1. Put 3 packages of cream cheese in the oven at 300 degrees to soften 2. In a bowl, add 1 cup of chopped spinach 3. Add 1/2 can […]


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